If you have been injured in a car accident or suffered some other injury caused by another, you may wonder who should pay for the damage caused. This is an important question because the answer may surprise those who are not familiar with the law. It is one of the primary reasons why talking with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer about your injury is so important.
The law underlying personal injury claims is the result of hundreds of years of common law decisions culminating in policies that define who is responsible following an accident or injury caused by another. Those policies are important because they reflect a basic premise in the law that those responsible for causing an injury should pay for the cost of repairing the victim.
Preventing Future Accidents
This underlying policy of responsibility has several aspects to it. First, it acts as a preventative policy that incentivizes people to drive carefully and interact in a safe manner with one another. If I know that I am on the hook for any injuries I cause to another person, then I will act accordingly and try not to cause any injuries.
Making the Victim Whole
Another important aspect of the policy of making a responsible party pay for the damages they cause is making the victim whole again. In most personal injury cases the victim is blindsided by an injury because of the negligence of another. It certainly is not fair that it happens to anybody, but it happens nonetheless. When these accidents do happen, it is of primary concern to the law that a victim is restored to the same position he or she was in prior to the accident, or as close as possible. This is the only fair way to approach a situation in which someone is hurt through no fault of his or her own. If you need help being made whole again after your injury, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Who is to Pay?
It is obvious that the primary wrongdoer is responsible for paying the cost of damages suffered by a victim, but there are others who should and can be held to pay, as well. For example, if a negligent driver causes an accident that hurts another, then not only will the negligent driver be held responsible and made to pay, but his or her insurer will have to pay, as well. In addition, any other guilty party will be made to pay his or her share of the cost of the damages caused.
These additional parties made to pay for the damages caused can be nearly anyone involved. It could mean a passenger in the car who distracts a driver and causes an accident, or a manufacturer of a defective car part that caused the accident to happen, and the list goes on and on. It is not always clear which parties a victim can hold accountable after an accident, which is why the sage advice of a personal injury attorney serving Atlanta is so important to your case.
Your Personal Injury Attorney in Atlanta
If you have suffered the effects of a personal injury in Atlanta, contact us. At The Angell Law Firm we are dedicated to helping you recover all of compensation to which you are entitled following a personal injury. When you contact us, we will help you understand what your options are and what steps you need to take going forward.
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